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Big Horn River is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located in Hardin, MT.

Putting valuable metals on a boat seems like a recipe for disaster, but back in the old days that was the most reliable way to transport your treasure. In 1876, Captain Grant Marsh was sent to relieve embattled general George Armstrong Custer with men and supplies, taking a riverboat down the Bighorn River. Unfortunately, Custer’s men were wiped out before he got there, and Marsh had to use his vessel to ferry them back for medical care. The weight of all that humanity was too great, so Marsh was forced to jettison much of his cargo into the river, including a reported $375,000 worth of gold entrusted to him by miners who feared Sioux attacks. It’s supposedly still down there if you feel like diving
The story of the Far West becomes confusing at this point. Some researchers agree that gold was on board the supply boat, but they disagree on how it got there. What’s more, they agree that the gold was buried onshore, but they disagree on its precise location. In fact, two stories have been told to account for the appearance - and disappearance - of the Far West gold

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